‘Perspectives need to change to move backward people forward’

Seminar (Photo: Rights)

Bangladesh is moving from underdeveloped country to developed country. But the backward communities (ethnic minorities, Dalits, transgender, transgender and disabled) are becoming more and more marginalized. The standard of living of the backward people is not improving as the attitude of the society and the state has not changed. In order to take this people forward, first of all we have to change the attitude of the society and the state.

The speakers were speaking at a seminar organized by the non-governmental development organization Web Foundation at the Naogaon Circuit House auditorium on Thursday (January 8th).

The seminar was organized by the Web Foundation in collaboration with the European Union and Christian Aid, a donor organization, on the occasion of a Baseline Survey Awareness Meeting as part of the project ‘Empowerment of Backward Classes and Active Participation in the Development Process of Bangladesh’. The study involved people from small ethnic groups in the plains, Dalits, transgender people and people with disabilities.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education & ICT) Shihab Raihan, Deputy Director of Naogaon District Social Services Department Nur Mohammad, Deputy Director of Naogaon Youth Development Department Muhammad Javed Iqbal, District Disability Officer spoke as the chief guests at the seminar chaired by Christian Aid Project Officer Mahenur Chowdhury Barna. SM Humayun Kabir and others.

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Web Foundation Project Coordinator Shamsur Rahman presented information about the project introduction and baseline survey at the seminar. It states that 39 per cent of people are discriminated against in access to education, health, agriculture and social security on the basis of race, religion and ethnicity and gender. In addition, 69 percent of transgender people say that they are victims of physical and sexual abuse. Due to the inequality of the population participating in the survey, 21 percent of the population cannot access the services of the government’s social security program.


Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.

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